Headlines for Friday September 16th

Petitions for the Consolidated Election to be held on April 4, 2023, for the election of Mayor (two-year term), First Ward Alderman, Second Ward Alderman, Third Ward Alderman, and Fourth Ward Alderman will be available in the office of City Clerk Tina Hutchcraft beginning Tuesday, September 20.  Office hours are 7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. A Mayor will be elected for a two-year term to fill the unexpired term of Mayor Dreith and one alderman from each of the City’s four wards will be elected for a four-year term. Petition circulation begins September 20, 2022.  Filing period for those petitions is December 12 – December 19, 2022. For more information call 847-7396.


The Fairfield Fall Fun Fest continues through Sunday. Today’s events include Gruen Vocal Studio on the Main Stage at 5:30pm, Sponsored by Carter Turf & Tractor. At 7pm on the Main Stage is 7 Bridges – Eagles Ultimate Experience, Sponsored by Fairfield Memorial Hospital. To see a full list of Saturday’s events, visit the Annual Fairfield Fall Fun Fest Facebook page.


Main Street from First Street, east to NE 4th Street, including the 100 blocks of NE/SE 2nd Streets and NE/SE 3rd Streets continues to be closed through Sunday morning for Fall Fun Fest. The detour route continues to be south on SE 4th Street, west on Center Street, then returning to Main Street by traveling north on South First Street. There will be no on street parking on any part of the detour route. The public is asked to please be aware of increased pedestrian traffic in these areas.


FNB would like to remind the public that the drive-thru and lobby will remain open during regular hours throughout the Fall Fun Fest. You can access the drive-thru by turning north on 3rd Street and following the signs.  3rd Street will be barricaded after banking hours, but the ATM can be accessed on foot.  Other FNB ATM locations in Fairfield include Fairfield Memorial Hospital and the Bobcat Den.  Member FDIC.


Enterprise Road, the Big Four Road extension from near Clay City to Fairfield, is closed south of the 161 intersection. Work crews are shaving down the approach to the intersection to make the stop signs more visible due to several traffic crashes over the years. The road closure is expected to last until the first week of November. Enterprise Road north of 161 and 161 are scheduled to remain open during these times.


Today is the final day for Child Find/Preschool Screenings for Fairfield District #112 along with Jasper, New Hope, and Geff School Districts. The screenings are being held at North Side School and are for children 3-5 years-old who aren’t yet enrolled in public school, and who aren’t eligible for kindergarten for the 2022-23 school year. The screening takes about 45 minutes, are free, and require an appointment. To schedule an appointment, call 842-6501.


Jasper Grade School Pitt Hopkins Syndrome Awareness Day. A reminder to any Jasper Student, Faculty, or Staff member who would like to wear blue today can pay $1 (or more) and wear blue! All proceeds will go to the Splash Pad Project!


FCHS Student Council 50/50 Raffle tickets are still on sale, tickets are $5 each. The drawing will be Saturday, September 17 at the FCHS Varsity Football Game. You do not need to be present to win. All proceeds will be donated to Make a Difference Day fundraiser for the splash pad!


The Fairfield Community Varsity Scholastic Team tied for first place in a Southern Illinois Academic Conference Tournament.  FCHS went 3 and 1 on the night. FCHS claimed wins over Edwards County, Mt. Vernon, and Marion but fell to Centralia.  Answering tossups for FCHS were Chase Cline with 24, Cale Simpson with 8, Cody Wick with 3, and Aiden Whitfield with 2.  Also participating for FCHS were Connor Atteberry, Madalynn Edwards, and Avery Stence.


Fairfield Community High School has elected their Homecoming court for the 2022-2023 school year. The Freshmen attendants are: Gracie Atwood (daughter of Paul and Courtney Atwood), and Jayden Easton (daughter of Nikki and Nathan Easton). Sophomore attendants are: Cori Sutton (daughter of Brent and Karen Sutton), and Kortlyn Cronovich (daughter of Nick and Stephanie Crnovich). The Junior attendants are: Lorann Garrett (daughter of Jamey and Marcia Garrett), and Emersyn Robbins (daughter of Curt and Stacey Robbins). Senior Queen Candidates are: Chelsea Cuff (daughter of Ann and Scott Cuff), Elyiah Taylor (daughter of Ely and Jamie Taylor), and Kylie White (daughter of Keith and Casey White). Senior King Candidates are: Luke Duckworth (son of Ryan Duckworth and Amy Duckworth), Jonathon Paul (son of William and Kristi Paul), and Luke Sork (son of Stephen and Amy Sork) and Jevon Sork. Senior Escorts are: Jonah Easton (son of Patrick and Chasity Suddarth), Eric Rodgers (son of Andy and Kim Rogers), Hayden Hodges (son of Jamey and Heidi Hodges), Brandon Wood (son of Thomas and Deanna Swift and Brandon and Chasity Fry), Kaleb Gonzalez (son of Heather and Jon Sargent), Griffen Hinkle (son of Lance and Kim Hinkle), and Galen Todd (son of Jim and Shaylene Todd). The Flower Girl and Crown Bearer are: Phoenix Thomason (daughter of Anthony and Alana Like), and Jace Bridgeman (son of Bobby and Rhiannon Bridgeman. The crowning of the Homecoming Queen will be held during halftime of the football game.


Fairfield Memorial Hospital will bring their Mobile Mammography to Edwards County High School located at 361 Main Street, Albion, Illinois on Saturday, September 17th, with appointments beginning at 8:00a.m. No physician order needed for those who are over the age of 40.  It must have been at least one year since your last Mammogram.  Patients are asked to bring their insurance card, photo ID, and doctor’s contact information.  This event is for annual screening Mammograms only. Individuals can call the FMH Diagnostic Imaging Department at 618-847-8249 to secure an appointment with one of FMH’s skilled technologists. Walk-Ins are also welcome until 11am. After 11am, patients will be seen by appointment only.


Fairfield Memorial Hospital is pleased to announce that Pushpa Pavuluri, M.D., Internal Medicine, will be joining the Medical Staff of Fairfield Memorial Hospital on a full-time basis starting  Monday, September 19th. Dr. Pavuluri received her medical degree from Guntur Medical College in India and completed her Residency in Internal Medicine and a Fellowship in Geriatrics at the University of Louisville, Kentucky. Dr. Pavuluri will provide long-term, comprehensive care, managing both common and complex illnesses of adults and the elderly. Dr. Pavuluri will be seeing patients starting September 19th at Horizon Healthcare Fairfield Medical Clinic. “Fairfield Memorial Hospital is excited to continue to grow and expand the services that we offer. Our goal is to deliver personalized, exceptional care as we continue to add specialists and expand our programs, services and providers to meet the needs of this community. Dr. Pavuluri comes to Fairfield Memorial Hospital with many years of experience and a broad range of knowledge. As we age, our healthcare needs continue to grow more complex. Dr. Pavuluri’s training as an Internal Medicine and Geriatrician will be a wonderful addition to our exceptional Medical Staff.” commented FMH CEO Katherine Bunting-Williams, Ph.D. LNHA. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Pushpa Pavuluri, call 842-4617. For more information about the services offered at Fairfield Memorial Hospital, call 847-8243.


Fairfield Community High School District #225 will hold their regular meeting on Monday, September 19th at 6pm in FCHS Study Hall with a budget hearing set to precede the regular meeting. Items on the agenda for Monday night’s meeting include a Resolution to Adopt the 2022-2023 Budget for FCHS District #225 in old business; and Gym Lobby Remodel-Approval to seek bids, and Special Education LEA Determination in new business. There will also be an Executive Session for the purposes of Consideration on hiring sponsors for Class of 2026, Consideration on hiring an individual aide, Consideration on making the assistant wrestling coach a paid position, and Consideration on hiring winter coaches for 2022-2023 with action expected upon return to open session.


Dale Woods, President of the Board of Education of Edwards County Community Unit School District #1 has called a public hearing for Budget Review to be held on Monday, September 19th at 6:45pm in the Edwards County K-12 Band Room.


The Grayville City Council will hold a Special City Council Meeting on Monday, September 19th at 7pm at City Hall. Items on the agenda include the 2nd reading of Ordinance 928 – Join and Appoint Representatives to the W2E, Inc. Board of Directors, 2nd reading of Ordinance 929 – Approving Developer’s Agreement with W3 Illinois Vending, LLC, and Economic Development Agreement for Retailer’s Occupation Tax Rebate V3 Illinois Vending LLC. In new business the council will hear the 1st reading of Ordinance 930 – Vacating a Portion of Vine Street.


River stages as of this morning: the Little Wabash east of Fairfield stands at 5.97 feet, below the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 4.98 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 4.99 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 1.48 feet. The Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 4.00 feet, and the Wabash River at Mt. Carmel sits at 3.42 feet.


Today’s Crude Oil price $78.10 down $3.38 from yesterday. The October Crude Oil price $85.34 down $2.59 from yesterday morning.